Wheat is a Massachussetts quartet
(vocalist Scott Levesque, guitarist Rick Brennan, bassist Kenny Madaras,
drummer Brendan Harney) whose debut album, Medeiros (Sugar Free, 1997),
surprised with an understated, graceful, melancholy folk-rock that bridges
three generations: Simon and Garfunkel,
and Belle And Sebastian.
Death Car, Soft Polluted Blacks, Leslie West
float in a lazy haze and attain an almost transcendent mood.
Dave Fridmann (Mercury Rev) enhanced the sound of
Hope And Adams (Sugar Free, 1999), whose catchy and moody
Body Talk, Slow Fade and No One Ever Told Me
add a magical quality to the soulfulness.
The baroque harmonies of Raised Ranch Revolution may represent
the prelude to something even bigger.
On the other hand,
Per Second (Aware, 2003) is a trivial application of their physics,
relying on slick production rather than on underlying content.
Wheat was reduced to the duo of vocalist and guitarist
Scott Levesque and drummer Brendan Harney on
Everyday I Said A Prayer For Kathy And Made A One Inch Square (Empyrean, 2007),
that marked a complete u-turn towards a lo-fi aesthetic and more irregular
White Ink Black Ink (Rebel, 2009)
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